Peepers is proud to help you find the perfect eyewear to enhance your vision, protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays, filter high-energy visible (HEV) blue light from electronic screens, and of course, help you elevate your style to the next level. However, we want to do more to help you protect the health and wellness of your eyes so you can continue to enjoy your vision to the fullest, for life.
That means helping you understand serious conditions that could affect your eyesight so you have the information you need to seek early diagnosis and treatment. If you’re like many people, you’ve probably never heard of presbyopia, even though it’s been estimated to affect millions of people around the globe.
In a 2019 article published by the World Health Organization, WHO claims, “Globally, it is estimated that at least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment or blindness, of whom at least 1 billion have a vision impairment that could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed.” Of that 1 billion, an estimated 826 million suffer from vision impairment caused by unaddressed presbyopia.
What is Presbyopia?
Although you may not be familiar with the term, you’re probably familiar with the symptoms. This condition is characterized by an inability to focus on nearby objects due to a loss of elasticity in the lenses of the eyes.
Presbyopia is a natural form of vision loss that occurs with age. It is slightly different from hyperopia, or farsightedness, which has similar symptoms but is caused by an irregular eye shape that prevents light from bending properly to focus.
How can you tell if you’re suffering from presbyopia? If you start to notice that your vision seems blurry when reading at a normal distance, words and images appear clearer when you move them farther away, and you start to experience headaches or eyestrain while reading or doing close-up activities, there’s a chance you could be developing presbyopia.
Causes of Presbyopia
The main contributing factor to presbyopia is typically age. According to The Vision Council, “Presbyopia affects nearly every adult as they age. Teens are not usually affected by this, but it is emerging in young adults more and more.... It is a natural sign of aging and cannot be prevented, but it can be corrected through the use of reading glasses.”
Correcting Your Vision
If you’re suffering symptoms of presbyopia, the best way to find out for sure is by setting an appointment with your optometrist and taking an eye test that can ascertain whether you have presbyopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, or another condition.
“What if I don’t have vision coverage and can’t afford an exam?”
Peepers can help! Just print out our Vision Test and follow the instructions to learn what strength of readers will help to improve your vision. While surgical intervention may be an option, the preferred form of treatment for many patients is eyeglasses that offer an easy, safe, and affordable way to correct vision impairment caused by presbyopia.